Downtown Train

(Rain Dogs studio version, 1985)

Outside another yellow moon
Has punched a hole in the nighttime
Yes I climb through the window and down to the street
I'm shining like a new dime
The downtown trains are full with all those Brooklyn girls
They try so hard to break out of their little worlds
Well, you wave your hand and they scatter like crows
They have nothing that will ever capture your heart
They're just thorns without the rose
Be careful of them in the dark
Oh, if I was the one
You chose to be your only one
Oh yeah
Can't you hear me now
Can't you hear me now

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night it's just the same
You leave me lonely

Now I know your window and I know it's late
I know your stairs and your doorway
I walk down your street and past your gate
I stand by the light at the four way
You watch them as they fall
Oh baby, they all have heartattacks
They stay at the carnival but they'll never win you back

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night it's just the same
Oh baby

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
All of my dreams they fall like rain
Oh baby, on a downtown train

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night it's just the same
Oh baby

Will I see you tonight
Oh, on a downtown train
All of my dreams just fall like rain
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
On a downtown train
Downtown train
Ooooh, baby
All on a downtown train

Written by: Tom Waits
Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), © 1985-1998
Official release: "Rain Dogs", Island Records Inc., 1985 &
"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998(1)
Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)



Downtown Train

(NME alternate mix, 1986)

Outside another yellow moon
has punched a hole in the nighttime, yes
I climb through the window and down to the street
I'm shining like a new dime
The downtown trains are full with all those Brooklyn girls
They try so hard to break out of their little worlds

Well, you wave your hand and they scatter like crows
They have nothing that will ever capture your heart
They're just thorns without the rose
Be careful of them in the dark
Oh, if I was the one
You chose to be your only one
Oh yeah
Can't you hear me now
Can't you hear me now

Will I see you tonight
on a downtown train
Every night, it's just the same
You leave me lonely, now

I know your window and I know it's late
I know your stairs and your doorway
I walk down your street and past your gate
I stand by the light at the four way
You watch them as they fall
Oh baby, they all have heartattacks
They stay at the carnival but they'll never win you back

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night it's just the same
Oh baby
Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
All of my dreams they fall like rain
Oh baby, on a downtown train

Will I see you tonight
On a downtown train
Every night, every night it's just the same
Oh baby

Will I see you tonight
Oh, on a downtown train
All of my dreams just fall like rain
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
All on a downtown train
On a downtown train
Downtown train
Ooooh, baby
All on a downtown train

Written by: Tom Waits
Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), © 1985
Official release: NME's Big Four (New Musical Express), 1986
Given free with New Musical Express magazine (UK). 4-Track 7" EP
(exclusive NME version produced by Tom Waits, 1985)

Known covers:
Hometown Girl. Mary-Chapin Carpenter. February, 1987/ 1989. Sony Music (1987). Columbia (1989)
Never Enough. Patty Smyth. January, 1987. Sony Music
Road to Bayamon. Tom Russell. 1988. Philo Records
Storyteller (Complete Anthology). Rod Stewart. October, 1989. WEA/ Warner Bros. Records (25987)
Downtown Train. Rod Stewart. March, 1990. WEA/ Warner Bros
The Piano Has Been Drinking. The Piano Has been Drinking. April, 1990 Chlodwig (BMG Germany). Performed in German/ Kölsch
Acoustic. Everything But The Girl. June, 1992. WEA/ Atlantic
Nada Suena Igual. Los Hermanos Dalton. 1994. Dro East West (CD single and cassette)
If We Fall In Love Tonight. Rod Stewart. November, 1996. WEA/ Warner Bros
Greatest Hits. Patty Smyth. September, 1998. Sony Music
Krams - Das Letzte Konzert. Gerhard Gundermann. November 1, 1998. Buschfunk (Germany)
Live At Pastabilities. Gary Frenay And Arty Lenin. December 1, 1999. Vector
The Way I Feel. Erik Carlson. 2001. Self-released
Bring It On. Clelia Adams. 2001. Self-released (Australia: re-released in 2004)
Plays the Hits Made Famous by Rod Stewart. The Starsound Orchestra. February 13, 2001. Delta
The Great City. Touchwood. October, 2001. Self-released
The Very Best Of Rod Stewart. Rod Stewart. November, 2001. Warner Bros. Records
Sparks Of Passion - Rarities. The Rocking Chairs. 2002. River Nile Records
Train Songs. Spring String Quartet. 2002. CCn'C Records (instrumental)
Never Give Up Never Give In. Zoe McCulloch. 2003 Label: Mustang Music (instrumental)
Greetings From Hell - The Tom Waits Songbook, Hell Blues Choir. September, 2003. Tylden & Co (Norway)
Bukowski Waits For You. Michael Kiessling. June 14, 2004. Buschfunk (Germany)
The Silverhearts Play Raindogs. The Silverhearts. October 5, 2005. Banbury Park Records
Now Then & Forever: a salute to Rod Stewart. Dameon Styles. September, 2006. Razor Productions
Pengabrorsan. MoneyBrother. December 6, 2006. Hacka Skivindustri (Sweden). In Swedish: "Tåget Som Går In Till Stan"
The Blue Rose Christmas Party 2006. Blue Rose Rockestra. July 1, 2007. Blue Rose Records
First Class Fools. Blues Package. January 28, 2008. Moonsound Records
Scheißkerl. Shawue. September 19, 2008. death-online.com


Promo video for "Downtown Train" (Island, 1985)
Directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino. October 18, 1985
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Video blocked in Germany by Universal Music Group (UMG).

Notes:

(1) Downtown Train
- Michael Tearson (1985): "Downtown Train" Tom Waits: Yeah, that's kind of a pop song. Or an attempt at a pop song (laughs). You know? (sings: la-la -la-la-laaa). MT: It's got some other people playing on it. G.E. Smith from the Hall and Oats band, Tony Levin on bass... TW: Yeah... Ehhh... all nice guys. MT: How did you bring those particular players into this one? TW: Ehm... Well, they were all well paid... MT: That helps... TW: ... believe me... (laughs) A triple scale. All real nice guys. I tried that song with the other band and then... It just didn't make it. So you can't get the guys to play like this on some of the stuff. I just couldn't find the right guys. MT: It also gives the album a different kind of dimension there. TW: Mmm... MT: A little bit of a different sound. TW: Yeah a little bit. Yeah, that was hard to do cause I wasn't sure where I was going. It was kinda unfamiliar. (Source: "Nightlines Interview" Nightlines on CBC Stereo (Canada) conducted by Michael Tearson. Date: New York. Late 1985)